“People will forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“A hidden gem”
The Grange at Oborne is a charming country house hotel, set within the rolling hills of West Dorset, just one mile from Sherborne, one of the most beautiful towns in England and seven miles from Yeovil, an important business hub in the South West. The hotel is owned by Karenza and Ken Mathews and managed by their daughter Jennifer Fletcher and her husband Jonathan.
With eighteen bedrooms, an award winning restaurant, a private dining room and a beautiful function room overlooking the gardens, The Grange really is the perfect setting for that special occasion. The hotel is family-owned and run, meaning that each guest receives that personal touch.
“Lovely small hotel”
“Still a superb hotel”
“Friendliest restaurant in Dorset”
Let’s be friends…
Our time in lock down…
It has been a very strange time in our little part of Dorset. Firstly, after being given the news that hotels and restaurants had to close, we had to shut down the hotel, something we have never had to do before. It was a very emotional and exhausting experience. Then, barely a week after we had closed, we were given the opportunity to open up as a kind of convalescent home to take low-risk-patients from Dorset’s hospitals, supporting the effort against Corona Virus.
Ten days later, we were open again, with seven members of staff back at work. The hotel looked very different; some rooms had hospital beds, we had a function room full of PPE, hoists and other equipment, but by far the biggest change was the six lovely live-in carers that had joined us. It was fantastic to be back at work, helping out
And what do you do when you have a group of people stuck in a hotel during lockdown? You sing to them. Our very own JP on a beautiful summer’s day, serenading the carers, guests and staff. How lucky were we?
With Covid cases in Dorset so low, the project ended and the hotel closed down once again. All of the hotel staff who are normally such an active bunch of people were back at home and starting to become a little stir crazy, this was the result:
Then, the news we were waiting for, the government said that hospitality could reopen on the 4th July. This was our reaction to the news…
Now, we are once again open as a hotel. Things aren’t quite as they were before, but we have done everything possible to make the hotel feel as normal as possible and we are delighted that our restaurant is open for ‘socially distanced dining’.